EDISON—The Middlesex County College Math Team took third place – first among all two-year colleges – in the Garden State Undergraduate Math Conference, sponsored by the Mathematics Association of America. This year’s competition took place at Middlesex County College and featured 25 teams from colleges and universities in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Middlesex finished first among all New Jersey schools.
“We have a lot of excellent students here,” said Professor Paul Bachmann, the team’s advisor. “The best come to MCC and our department does a great job of moving them to the next level. With the high technology and advanced placement, it is such a positive influence here.”
The team consists of Kevin Wong (North Brunswick), Daniel Snider (Fords) and Zizhou Zhao (New Brunswick). Wong placed fourth in the individual part of the competition out of 100 students.
“Everything I know about Calculus I’ve learned here at MCC, so my performance in this competition is really a reflection of the quality of education I’ve received here,” Mr. Wong said. “It’s pretty cool that we can compete on an equal or greater level than four-year colleges like NJIT or Rutgers. I really owe everything to two phenomenal professors, Michael Scanlon and Simon Aloff.”
The competition was broken down into two parts: team and individual. The team part involved all three members working together on 10 mathematical problems; the individual part consists of students working individually for an hour on 20 mathematical problems.
Participating schools included Stony Brook, which won the event, the University of Scranton, which finished second, as well as Rutgers University, The College of New Jersey, College of St. Elizabeth, Montclair State University, Rowan University and Ramapo College.
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